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What is the change? Kazakhstan has introduced new passport registration procedures for EAEU and Uzbek nationals.
What does the change mean? According to the resolution, foreign nationals from Belarus and Russia must register their passports within 30 calendar days of arrival. Uzbek, Kyrgyz, and Armenian nationals entering Kazakhstan must register their passports within five calendar days of arrival. Additionally, the grace period to complete registration has changed for Belarussian and Russian nationals.
Background: Generally, foreign nationals are not required to register their passports, as passport registration is completed on the basis of information provided by the inviting party to the Migration Police in the form of a notification. In some cases, registration is completed upon arrival.
However, certain visa-waivered nationals, including EAEU and Uzbek nationals, are required to complete the passport registration themselves. Additionally, if these nationals are visiting for work or business purposes and have an inviting party in Kazakhstan, the inviting party must submit notification to the Migration Police within three business days of arrival. Previously, Russian and Belarussian nationals had up to 35 calendar days to register while Uzbek nationals had up to 10 calendar days.
Analysis & Comments: The procedure clarifies the amount of time for Armenian, Belarussian, Kyrgyz, Russian and Uzbek nationals to register their passports upon arrival in Kazakhstan.
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